While the term “FOMO” might be new to you (or not), using “the fear of missing out” is nothing new to effective digital marketing strategies.
It’s about leveraging the fear we all have of losing out on amazing opportunities, experiences and so on, no matter what they might be.
FOMO taps into our human nature. As a species, we are typically risk-averse, especially when it comes to our purchases. We don’t want to spend money on a product or service that doesn’t measure up to our standards and expectations.
However, on the flip side, it’s this same risk-avoidance tendency that leads to the possibility of regret in the future for not having taken an opportunity.
For example, you could be browsing a shoe website and spot a pair of boots that piques your interest. After some browsing of the product description and customer reviews, you move on. But you later see an ad for those same boots, except this time, it appears with a limited-time discount. This is exactly what could trigger your FOMO about this product and can potentially persuade you to finally make the purchase.
With the right FOMO techniques, such as the following nine, you can further persuade your audience to jump on the opportunities you’re offering.
Your messaging matters
Always look at your messaging and ask yourself if there is a sense of urgency.
Strong verbs and an active voice are important components of this. Think:
- Time’s running out
- Last chance to buy
- Don’t miss this
It’s about persuading your potential customers to act now, not later.
Set time limits
Deadlines naturally put pressure on all of us. Setting a time limit for the availability of a product or a particular sale is critical for many consumers to finally act (even if somewhat impulsively).
Just make sure that your deadline is absolute. While the occasional extension can be effective, doing so too often will dilute the effectiveness of all of your time limits. Your audience will simply get used to your extensions.
Consider using a countdown clock on your social media, website, so on to instill that looming deadline for your offer.
Share social proof
Social proof essentially boils down to sharing what other customers think of your product or service or simply how others are purchasing from you.
Testimonials appearing not just on your social media but along the purchasing journey on your website is a common tactic for social proof.
It’s the idea that if others are trusting your brand and having a great experience, you could miss out by not making that purchase, too. This makes consumers more likely to purchase from you.
Find out more about social proof and nine ways you can use it in your digital marketing.
In addition, there are several social proof tools, such as True or TrustPulse, that can integrate with your website and show visitors stats like how many people have purchased a particular product on your site, for example, etc.
Work with influencers when possible
Nothing quite induces FOMO like a celebrity or influencer endorsement. So, even simply featuring a quote from one can help boost your sales.
Consumers have a range of trust when it comes to celebrities, no matter how big or small. Once you have an influencer endorsement, be sure to share it across channels, including your website.
Find out what you should know before diving into influencer marketing (or even any influencer partnerships).
Use user-generated content
While celebrities and influencers can be great, regular people can be even more trustworthy to your audience.
About 55 percent of consumers trust UGC (user-generated content) more than other forms of marketing.
Why not leverage that by soliciting photos and/or videos of happy customers using your product in some way?
You can run a UGC contest with a prize. It can be an organic hashtag campaign, where you seed the hashtag with some great content of your own to get the ball rolling for your users.
For example, jewelry company Iz&Co (@izandco on Instagram) shares images of clients’ personal stories (such as weddings and proposals) in addition to their more branded content.
Create bundle opportunities
What’s better than purchasing one product you’re excited about? Getting another one (or two) with it at a discounted price, of course.
Bundles are a great way to take a selection of your products or services and offer them at a discounted price. The complementary items are something that can create FOMO for the consumer.
It’s also a way to upsell your potential customers.
Play your social media channels against each other
Your audience on Facebook likely differs from your followers on Twitter, and so on.
But you can leverage FOMO here strategically by broadcasting that a special behind-the-scenes video, for example, will only be shared via your Instagram Story on your other platforms.
The FOMO from this cross-posting tactic could lead some of your followers to follow you on other platforms as well.
Just be sure to spread the love around. You don’t always want to make big announcements on your Twitter, for example, and then leave the crumbs for your Instagram audience.
Of course, this could apply to app-only deals as well.
Nothing can create FOMO more than the possibility of limited inventory. And someone else getting a product or service instead of you, of course.
You’ve likely noticed websites that say “only 1 left in stock” or that this hotel was “booked 3 times in the past hour.”
Giving the sense that someone else could get what you might want can help drive FOMO and your ultimate decision to purchase.
Consider an exit-intent pop-up
Just as you’re about to lose that possibly interested consumer, an exit-intent pop-up could make the difference between disappearance and a purchase.
An exit-intent pop-up is a pop-up window that appears as a website visitor goes to close the tab or browser (that particular movement of the mouse).
It’s your last chance to make that conversion, so whether it’s a surprise discount offer or some other offer, it must be irresistible.
Check out our 18 exit-intent tips that can help.
While FOMO techniques can help boost your sales, it’s important to always be honest with your audience. Share offers that will resonate with them.
As soon as you’re deceitful about anything, your audience is going to catch on and (worst yet) tune your brand out.
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